The Rams have lost three straight games since starting 1-0. They definitely have not played their best football the past few weeks, but luckily this week they will play the Jacksonville Jaguars who havent played their best football in quite some time. Dont mark this game as a for-sure win quite yet, as anything can happen on any given Sunday.
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The Rams are trying to get back in the win column this week and move back to being one game from .500. The Jaguars on the other hand are trying to get into the win column for the first time this season in order to not have the pressure of going 0-16 later in the season. Many Jaguars fans and experts believe this will the their best chance this season as the Rams have struggled the past few weeks. The Rams are 12 point favorites, but many believe this game could be a lot closer.
The Jaguars have reason to believe however. The Rams have struggled to stop the run the past two weeks and Maurice Jones-Drew is capable of beating you on the ground if you cant stop him. The Jaguars also get Justin Blackmon back from suspension this week.
The Rams on the other hand “re-signed” Jo-Lonn Dunbar earlier this week after he go back from suspension. The Rams are hoping that Dunbar can bring a spark to this 24th ranked defense. The Rams also will be starting Cody Davis at safety as T.J. McDonald fractured his leg last week.
The Rams have had questions surrounding the run game all year as they have the worst rushing attack in the NFL, behind the Jaguars, and are the only team not to score a rushing touchdown this season. The Rams have not declared who will be the starter this week as Daryl Richardson tweeted that he will not be starting this week. It is assumed however, that it will be Zac Stacy who will get the nod this week and it will be the 5th rounder from Vanderbilt’s turn to shine.
The last time these two teams played it was quite the thriller. It was Torry Holt’s reunion game against his old team as he was with the Jaguars and had a big day with 101 yards receiving. Maurice Jones-Drew had three touchdowns on the day as well. Leonard Little pulled the Rams ahead late with a pick six, but it wouldnt be enough. The Jaguars won the game in overtime with a Josh Scobee 36 yard field goal in overtime.
Both teams have their share of injuries, but the Jaguars have significantly more. For the Rams though RT Rodger Saffold (knee), DE Hayes (knee), CB Cortland Finnegan (thigh), and CB Trumaine Johnson (illness) all did not practice. Matt Conrath (concussion), CB Brandon McGee (thigh), and LB Will Witherspoon (thigh) all have been limited in practice.
For the Jaguars Mercedes Lewis (calf) WR Mike Brown (back), WR Stephen Burton(concussion), CB Dwayz Gratz(ankle), linebacker Geno Hayes (hip flexor), S Dwight Lowery (concussion) and DE Jeremy Mincey (concussion) sat out because of injuries. CB Mike Harris was excused from practice for personal reasons. In addition to Shorts, receiver Denard Robinson (hamstring) and defensive tackle Roy Miller (shoulder) were limited. It isnt expected that Lewis will play, but Short should be out on the field.
The Rams and Jaguars will play in the early set of games at 12:00 CT on CBS. The game can also be caught on NFL Game Rewind on nfl.com as well as on channel 710 on DIRECTV NFL Sunday Ticket. You can also catch the game on nfl.com audio pass as well as on NFL mobile.
Matchup to Watch: Robert Quinn vs Luke Joekel
The number one overall pick from the draft has moved over to his preferred left side, but will have quite a task as he will have to try to contain Robert Quinn. The number one pick has struggled at times this season, we’ll see if Quinn can take advantage to the youngsters inexperience.
Players To Watch: Maurice Jones-Drew & Zac Stacy
Keep an eye out on both running backs this week. These are the two worst rushing attacks in the NFL and also two of the worst at stopping the run. We’ll see if either player can finally break out in week five.
Prediciton: Rams 27 Jaguars 16
The Rams are desperate for a win and Jeff Fisher will have his team ready to go out and make up for the embarrassment last week against the 49ers in front of the home crowd. This game could be close throughout, but the Rams pull ahead late and go to 2-3.